DeLissio announces grants for local projects

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced the awarding of two state grants to support projects that will invest in community safety.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved the following grants, both of which DeLissio supported during the application process.

Lower Merion Township was awarded $200,000 from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for a streetscape improvement project along East Levering Mill Road. The project includes pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on East Levering Mill Road between Conshohocken State Road and Belmont Avenue. The project helps complete the connection between the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Belmont Avenue commercial area and the Cynwyd Elementary and Bala Cynwyd Middle schools.

“The improved safety plans for bicyclists and pedestrians are imperative, as this stretch is a well-traversed section and is dangerously void of protecting those on foot or bicycle from automobile traffic,” DeLissio said. “I was pleased to support the township in its request for funding and am eager for the improvements that are planned.”

In addition, East Falls Development Corporation was awarded $40,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for a traffic and mobility study along the Schuylkill River Trail, with a goal of helping to safely connect residents and visitors to the Schuylkill River Trail and the River Landing public greenspace.

“I’ve seen firsthand the excitement and passion among residents and business in the East Falls neighborhood for this new access point to the Schuylkill River, which will serve neighbors and attract visitors,” said DeLissio. “I’m also familiar with the urgent, systemic traffic problems in East Falls, so taking steps to meaningfully improve traffic conditions would be transformative for our community.”

"The East Falls Development Corporation is thrilled to receive generous funding from DCED for this important project,” said Michelle Feldman, East Falls Development Corporation executive director. “With the new East Falls River Landing about to open to the public, we know that safe and convenient access to the site will ensure its success as a community and regional hub of recreational activity."

Information on the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found here.